Fijian Drua out to defend NRC title

Timoci Sauvoli goes on attack during the Fijian Dura’s training session in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

THE Fiji Airways Fijian Drua players will put their bodies on the line in the semi-final against Canberra Vikings in Australia this Sunday in their bid to defend the National Rugby Championship title.

Fijian Drua defeated Queensland Country 26-24 with a last gasp effort in the final round-robin match at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka last week to secure a semi-final berth.

The Fijian Drua will be without the services of flanker Filimoni Seru who has been suspended for three weeks.

Seru was cited for a tackle which left Vikings fullback Jock Campbell prone on the ground in the second half.

The game was stopped for several minutes before Campbell was stretchered from the field in a neck brace.

Fijian Drua coach Senirusi Seruvakula said Seru was cited and suspended for three weeks for a dangerous late tackle.

Seruvakula said the players would need to maintain their discipline against the Vikings.

“They will need to play from their hearts for their family members, fans and the country,” he said.

“The message is simple, put the body on the line if you want to go into the final and defend the title.”

Fijian Drua will take on the Vikings at 4pm in Canberra while Western Force will play Brisbane City at the same time in Perth this Saturday.

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